Opposition Challenges Modi Government with No-Trust Vote Due to Manipur Issue

The Congress party and its partners in the INDIA alliance have put forward a challenge to the Narendra Modi-led central government. On Wednesday, they presented a no-confidence motion in the Lok Sabha, the lower house of India’s Parliament. This move was initiated by Congress MP Gaurav Gogoi, who hails from Assam and represents the northeastern states, including Manipur.

Opposition parties point a finger at the Modi government for its perceived inability to halt the violence that recently erupted in Manipur. Here, two ethnic communities, the Kuki and Zomi, clashed last week. This conflict has tragically resulted in at least 10 deaths, injuring many more, and has driven thousands to seek refuge in relief camps.

The opposition is pressing Prime Minister Narendra Modi to personally address the Parliament on the steps being taken to reestablish peace in the turbulent state of Manipur. They have further requested a court investigation into the violent incident and appropriate compensation for those affected.

Although it’s unlikely that the no-confidence motion will pass given the ruling BJP and its allies hold a clear majority in the House, the opposition is using this chance to question the government’s response to the Manipur situation. They aim to highlight the government’s alleged inability to safeguard the people of the state.

This is not the first time the Modi government has been faced with a no-confidence motion in its second term. It encountered a similar challenge on July 20, 2018, led by the TDP, seeking special status for Andhra Pradesh. However, this motion was defeated with a vote count of 325 against to 126 in favour.

A no-confidence motion is a tool that lawmakers use to demonstrate their distrust in the government. If a majority vote in support of the motion, the government is obliged to step down. Such a motion can be initiated by any member, as long as they have the backing of at least 50 other members.

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